26th May

Welcome to the Eightfold Year. Every day a different painting will appear, along with moon phases, saints days, seasonal plants and other festive celebrations.

You can find out more about the concept of the Eightfold Year here.

We hope you enjoy this website. We will be adding content as we go through the year and welcoming your feedback and suggestions.

Onwards and Upwards!

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Shepherd's Delight, Sefton Park, Liverpool 2008: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, May 2015:
Full Moon - May 4, 04:42
Third Quarter - May 11, 11:36
New Moon - May 18, 05:13
First Quarter - May 25, 18:18

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CURRENT MOON

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Fire Offering, Summer 2007: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Augustine of Canterbury (Anglican Communion and Eastern Orthodox)
Lambert of Vence
Philip Neri
Quadratus of Athens
Zachary, Bishop of Vienne

Festival:
Crown Prince's Birthday (Denmark)
Independence Day, commemorate the day of the First Republic in 1918. (Georgia)
Independence Day, celebrate the independence of Guyana from the United Kingdom in 1966.
Mother's Day (Poland)
National Paper Airplane Day (United States, unofficial)
National Sorry Day (Australia)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Leo: This is a Fire sign. This is a good time to sow Fruiting plants like Aubergines, Cucumber, French Beans, Marrow, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkin, Runner Beans, Squash, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes, but it would not be a good time to sow Leaf plants like Basil, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Celery, Dill, Florence Fennel, Kale, Lettuce, Spinach, Swiss Chard*

Also on this day:

1538 – Geneva expels John Calvin and his followers from the city. Calvin lives in exile in Strasbourg for the next three years.

1647 – Alse Young, hanged in Hartford, Connecticut, becomes the first person executed as a witch in the British American colonies.

1828 – Feral child Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering the streets of Nuremberg (highly recommended - Werner Herzog's Enigma of Kaspar Hauser).

1857 – Dred Scott is emancipated by the Blow family in the US, his original 'owners'.

1897 – Dracula, a novel by Irish author Bram Stoker is published.

1936 – In the House of Commons of Northern Ireland, Tommy Henderson begins speaking on the Appropriation Bill. By the time he sits down in the early hours of the following morning, he had spoken for 10 hours

1977 – George Willig climbs the South Tower of New York City's World Trade Center (also highly recommended - James Marsh's Man On Wire).

2004 – The New York Times publishes an admission of journalistic failings, claiming that its flawed reporting and lack of skepticism towards sources during the build-up to the 2003 war in Iraq helped promote the belief that Iraq possessed large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.


* more information can be found on the Gardeners Calendar website here.